Grand Asian Journey: Exploring the Mekong & Irrawaddy Rivers - 2017

Bangkok • 9-Night Irrawaddy Cruise • Yangon • Saigon • 7-Night Mekong Cruise • Siem Reap • Hanoi

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Enrich your vacation with Vantage's collection of deluxe optional tours, designed exclusively for our guests. You’ll discover a world beyond the landmarks and gain immeasurable insight into the culture and people of your destination. So join us … and make the most of your journey!

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Bago Day Trip

  • Approximate Cost: $79 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 9 hours
  • Location: Bago, Myanmar
  • When: Full day tour, lunch included

Join us for a day discovering the wonders of Bago, the 15th-century capital of the Mon Kingdom. You’ll learn the history and myths of the city while visiting the reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha, the four seated Buddhas at Kyaikpun, and the old palace of Kambozathadi. You’ll also see the stunning Mon-style Shwemawdaw Pagoda, the most outstanding religious monument in Bago. This golden temple stands at 375 feet tall, higher than Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, and can be seen from around 6 miles outside of the city. You’ll stop at Kha Khat Wain Monastery during lunchtime to view locals offering food to the Monks and learn about their daily life in the monastery. A venture to a local weaving village is also included in your tour. On the way back to Yangon, you’ll visit the Allied War Cemetery — the peaceful, beautifully landscaped final resting place of more than 27,000 allied soldiers who perished during World War II.


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The Tunnels of Cu Chi

  • Approximate Cost: $59 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 6 hours
  • Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon
  • When: Half-day tour including lunch

The Cu Chi the tunnels were part of a vast underground network that enabled the Viet Cong to control a large rural area near Saigon. Began during the French/Vietnamese War (1946-1954), the tunnels were vital to the success of the Viet Cong military effort, and were used as a base of operations for the 1968 Tet offensive. The Cu Chi network ultimately included 75 miles of tunnels, with connections to other tunnel great networks that underlay much of the country. Parts of the Cu Chi tunnels were several levels deep and included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers, and kitchens. On this fascinating tour, learn about the tunnels and other aspects of the war and, if you choose, get a taste of subterranean life. While most of the tour takes place above ground, travelers also have the option of entering a 30-meter-long enlarged tunnel to experience what life was like underground. A lunch will be served on your way back to the city.



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Angkor Gondola Tour with Dinner

  • Approximate Cost: $75 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • When: Evening tour

Make the short trip from your hotel to Wat Thmey, a beautiful local pagoda that holds memories from the oppressive Khmer Rouge regime. After a short visit, continue to 12th century Angkor Thom Complex, a grand remnant of the original Khmer Empire. Enjoy a glass of champagne as you take in the ancient ruins and their surroundings. Board a gondola and cruise along a canal in the complex, enjoying the tranquil scenery along the banks and recalling the glory days of the erstwhile empire. Listen to your oarsmen sing traditional Khmer songs as you travel by boat towards an ideal vantage point for the sunset. Enjoy wine and canapés as the sun sinks below the horizon and paints nearby Prasat Chhrung (Corner Temple) in warm hues. Return to the pier and transfer back to town where you’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, an ideal coda to a wonderful experience.


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Bangkok By Night

  • Approximate Cost: $75 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3.5 hours
  • Location: Bangkok, Thailand
  • When: Evening tour, dinner included

Available on optional Bangkok extension only. 

On this evening tour in Bangkok, you’ll be immersed in a truly Thai ambiance. Your tour starts with the sunset boat cruise along the Chao Phraya River , passing by temples, government buildings, the Royal Grand Palace Then, you’ll enjoy dinner at a local Thai restaurant. After dinner, hop on an local Tuk Tuk , to Kings Avenue for view of Bangkok at night with stop at the Equestrain status of King Rama V for photo opportunities & then continue to China Town where locals made it busy at night , full of food stands / restaurants . Your tour ends at Patpong night market, one of Bangkok’s great night markets.

Spend some time browsing the shops and streets stalls offering a variety of local products, such as hand-made souvenirs, carved woods, home decorations, clothes, painting before returning back to hotel.


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Mekong River Boat Tour with Dinner

  • Approximate Cost: $69 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Luang Prabang, Laos
  • When: Half-day Tour (optional extension only)

Your tour begins as you board a long tail boat for a 2-hour cruise along the Laotian part of the Mekong River. As you cruise past the tranquil countryside, be sure to look out for local villages, barely visible behind a screen of foliage. You will notice slender canoes and bamboo poles bobbing by the shore, marking the location of nets and fish traps as you make your way to a local handicraft and paper making village. Here, you’ll see what daily life is like for the local farmers in this remote area. As your tour winds down, you’ll toast your journey with wine as you watch the sun set on the river. Dinner is included


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Khantoke Dinner with Local Performance

  • Approximate Cost: $59 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Chiangmai, Thailand
  • When: Evening Tour with Dinner (optional extension only)

As you drive toward the Lanna Cultural Center, where the Khum Khantoke is located, you’ll take in the panoramic expanse of architecture expressing the regal Lanna theme. As the honored guest at the Khantoke dinner, one of the first things you will notice is the richness of the surroundings — ornately carved teak panels and traditional Old Lanna carvings discreetly illuminated to give just the right setting.

A Khantoke is a low tray atop short pillars on which the various food-dishes are displayed. Dishes you may see served include “Gai Tawd” (a flavorsome chicken creation), “Gaeng Hung-Lay (a pork and ginger curry which), several steamed or fried vegetable platters, fresh cucumber slices for dipping in “Nam Prik Ong” (a mild chili and tomato sauce), and “Pudt Pugg” (usually a cabbage dish), all accompanied by a large bowl of steamed rice and a straw basket of sticky rice.

As you dine, a group of seven musicians, classically garbed and seated in the lotus position, play the soft melodies of ancient Siam on stage. The central focus of the performance is the Ranad — a wide, low xylophone-like instrument. The evening ends with elegant performances by girls and boys from a local school of arts. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the events of this splendid excursion!


Please Note: All prices are per person and subject to change. All optional tours are offered by Vantage Deluxe World Travel. Descriptions and scheduling are subject to change. Minimum tour participation is required to operate optional tours. Optional tours cancelled by passengers within 48 hours of the excursion are non-refundable.

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